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September 07, 2005

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Cheryl

Aw, shucks, don't blame little ol' Michael. He is just a stooge. The Republicans really do not care about helping people. They say over and over that government has no business helping people.

Here is proof that the neoconservative government of the United States is staffed with Nazi racists:

Crooks and Liars blog original source News Dissector blog alternate source

Aaron Broussard's comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" --Tim Russert interviews Jefferson Parish President, Aaron Broussard 04 Sep 2005

"AARON BROUSSARD: We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, 'Come get the fuel right away.' When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. 'FEMA says don't give you the fuel.' Yesterday -- yesterday -- FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, 'No one is getting near these lines.'"

full transcript http://legitgov.org/transcript_russert_broussard_segment_040905.html

Apparently, if you happen to be the Republican governor of Florida, brother to the president, and run a state full of white Republican retirees, you get aid.

According to Guy Tunnel, commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, four victims were found in Charlotte County, where the storm made landfall on Friday;... Convoys of trucks were rolling down I-75 Saturday, loaded with crews and supplies needed in the massive recovery effort... Mike Bolch with FEMA said federal officials were going house to house searching for possible victims and providing assistance.

Food and medical supplies were being brought to the state. And FEMA was conducting aerial surveillance, looking for survivors who may need quick assistance.

original story on cnn http://www.cnn.com/2004/WEATHER/08/14/storms/

In case you are thinking that Florida had plenty of practice because of the four hurricanes in a row last year, keep in mind that I deliberately picked the FIRST hurricane, Charley, as the example to contrast with Katrina.

But if you happen to be a Democrat in a state full of black Democrats, you get your emergency communication lines cut and worthless photo ops.

Here is the video from Meet the Press:

windows movie format http://movies.crooksandliars.com/Meet-the-Press-Broussard.wmv

quick time format http://movies.crooksandliars.com/Meet-the-Press-Broussard.mov

And a staged rescue photo op, the truth coming from a German news station, the lie being broadcast here at home:

Daily Kos blog original source or click the next links below to skip to the video

Christine Adelhardt stand-up report near Biloxi:


"Here, just two minutes ago, the President drove by with his convoy. But what happened here throughout the day in Biloxi is really unbelievable. Suddenly salvage groups appeared here, suddenly clearing vehicles were here. Those had not be seen here all the days before and this in area where it really would not be greatly necessary to clean up (now) because nobody is living here (now), far and wide, anymore. The people are (now) further inside the city.


The president travels with a press baggage. With this the press baggage has very pretty pictures which thereby are supposed to say the president has been there and the help will come too.


The extent of the natural catastrophe had me shocked but the extend of the (theatre) staging today does shock me to at least the same level.

With this back to Hamburg."

video http://www.tagesschau.de/video/0,1315,OID4700936_RESreal256_PLYinternal_NAV_BAB,00.html

Another report on the staged photo op, this one including some gruesome footage:

The first question from the ancor is how the people reacted to the presidents visit. Rüggeberg reports a positive and a negative voice.


At 03:55 into the clip she says:


Transcript:

"Actually it was such today that this morning suddenly help crew showed up, people who cleaned out the rubble, that searched the houses for dead body. And this exclusively along the route of the president. About two hours ago than, the president left Biloxi and with him all the help crews."

The clip goes on with a question from the anchor of what is available and Rüggenberg reporting nothing is available and nothing has happened except the clean up done that morning by the help crews and a medical emergency outpost is somewhere and nothing else. It smells from rotten corpse, the dead lie in the houses and the help does not arrive she reports.

video http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/inhalt/23/0,4070,2370903-0,00.html

To make matters worse:

full text of AP article http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/12548040.htm

In St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, just south of New Orleans, victims of the hurricane are still waiting for food and water and for buses to escape the floodwaters, [ Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La.] said. And for the entire time Bush was in the state, the congressman said, a ban on helicopter flights further stalled the delivery of food and supplies.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Cheryl

Ah yes, then there is the deaf ear of the president. this from that same AP article:

Congressman can't get Bush on the line

DAVID PACE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people stranded in two swamped parishes south of New Orleans are just as desperate for supplies as those trapped in the city but can't get the attention of federal disaster relief officials, their congressman said Friday.

And to make matters worse, says Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., he was unable to deliver that message to President Bush during his visit to New Orleans because the president's security detail couldn't clear him to board Air Force One.

After waiting 90 minutes Friday while a U.S. marshal using a satellite phone repeatedly tried, and failed, to contact Bush's plane - located just 300 yards away at New Orleans' Armstrong airport - a disgusted Melancon left.

Scott1960

What I don't get is the reason he gave for waiting two days. These people had to be TRAINED first? What sort of colossal fuckup in charge of an EMERGENCY agency doesn't have trained people available at all times? 24 hour training? Why not do that while the storm is still in the gulf? My cat has better emerganecy reaction skills that this dildo. Sure, let the firing begin with him, but more people than him are responsible. Bysh appointed him. Chertoff let him run it. Heads need to roll.

the exile

No accident why Brownie was there. Look at Marshall's postings about Allbaugh his predecessor, and Joe Conason's recent piece at Salon. The rethugs deliberately turned FEMA into a huge slush fund for buying votes and handing out contracts to cronies. So reorganized, FEMA worked brilliantly, just as intended, in Florida in 04, responding so competently that they even gave out disaster relief in Dade County, where no hurricane hit! The problem with New Orleans was that a) it wasn't an election year so no votes needed buying, and b) the things the city needed-- troops to keep order, food, and water-- have very limited graft potential compared to reconstruction, where the real money is.

Racism surely played a role too, but this I think is the main reason for FEMA's incompetence in the Gulf: the nature of the crisis did not fit what the Agency had been so carefully re-engineered to do.

As someone else quipped: "FEMA stands for Federal Elections Management Agency."

Scott

At least Bush appointed someone competent at the UN - someone who can work with people and get stuff done. And at least Bush appoints competent judges, who won't start taking away peoples' rights because of their own narrow views on religion. Right?

Cheryl

yah.

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